Sally Osullivan

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London W2 & W1S
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About me

I am an established UKCP accredited Psychotherapist with over 10 years working with individuals and couples treating wide variety of mental health problems, trauma and relationship issues. My speciality is in the continuum of addiction and compulsivity or the various forms of striving, perfection, reward or control that causes problems in people’s lives. I take a trauma focused approach to understand rigid behaviour patterns, internal criticism or self-sabotaging systems; supporting clients to process anxiety and calm negative thoughts, aiming to develop emotional containment rather than continuing to resort to self-defeating behaviours.

As a psychotherapist, I see it as my role to encourage clients to openly explore their lives, their experience. I am trained and experienced in leading evidence-based therapeutic approaches and, with you, can formulate a treatment path to meet your unique problems and assist you in achieving a genuine and sustainable progress. Research demonstrates that the most effective therapeutic outcomes are based on the quality of the relationship between client and therapist. My style is warm and collaborative, creating a trusting space to clarify issues central to you and aspects of your life that are problematic or confusing. Therapy will focus on building on your strengths and reconnecting you with your resources, allowing you to make better, safer choices and meet the challenges in your life.

In work with couples, we explore reoccurring problems, communication styles and emotional and relational organisation. As an experienced couples therapist, I can support you in changing a volatile or difficult situation. Adding an experienced ear can change a dynamic and defuse a difficult situation, providing a comfortable, safe, confidential arena in which to work things through. Talking openly and honestly about relationship difficulties in a supportive and safe atmosphere that facilitates mutual understanding, opens up the opportunity to alleviate the sense of being stuck in the same patterns of relating, and can affect real change in one’s relationships. I have experience in working with the betrayal of affairs and have specialised training in the area of sex addiction; working with addicts and partners of addicts addressing self-sabotaging behaviours and the underlying trauma, anxiety and depression.

My thorough training and experience in the NHS and in private sector mean clients can be confident that they are receiving an emphatic, personalised treatment tailored to their needs and an excellent standard of care.

Working effectively and ethically is important to me. I adhere to the UKCP code of ethics and my work is regularly supervised. I am passionate about psychotherapy and up to date with developments in the field, regularly attending courses, workshops and other professional development activities.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Completed a Research Dissertation on addictive behaviours for an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy at Regents University
  • CSAT trained sex addictions therapist from ITAP (International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals)
  • Brainspotting trauma treatment
  • Diploma in Couples counselling
  • EMDR with EMDR Europe
  • Workplace counsellor with Metropolitan Police
  • NHS Work Place Counselling

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Additional information

Initial Contact

Get in touch by email or phone and we can briefly discuss your situation and arrange to meet for an initial session.

The initial session gives you a chance to see how you feel about working together and explore what you want to get from counselling. It is important that you select a therapist that you feel is right for you; someone you sense you can work with and who understands your goals. Should you want to go ahead we can plan how to proceed and either structure a number of sessions for short-term counselling or begin open-ended therapy. On commencing therapy we will review our progress at regular intervals, both reflecting on work and re-evaluating goals together should it be necessary. Should I not have available space or be the right counsellor for you, I may be able to suggest other therapists.


I work Monday to Saturday offering evening and daytime appointments in central and west London. Sessions last 50 minutes, meeting usually once a week preferably at a regular time. The rhythm of regular weekly meetings, creates a stable arena for change.


I see clients in two beautiful practices; one close to Oxford Street, the other in Clerkenwell. I also see clients in Notting Hill.


Individual therapy is £70-£100 per session - couples counselling £120 - £160 depending on location. This is payable in cash at the end of each session or by bank transfer. I can provide you with a receipt. I occasionally have some low-cost places.

When I work

Monday to Friday offering evening appointments in central and west London. Wednesday afternoon/evening from Clerkenwell. I see couples on Saturday in W1.

Further information

There are several misconceptions about who attends therapy. Some consider a mental health diagnosis or emotional crisis a prerequisite for seeing a therapist. People choose to see a therapist for different reasons; at times of loss or distress, to attempt to understand negative patterns or to explore a specific problem.

One may rationalise one's problems are not as bad or as extreme as others people's. Struggling with an issue that you sense you should be able to handle can feel overwhelming and isolating. We become adept at managing to live with situations we believe we cannot change and consequently we feel stuck or cut off from what is important in our lives.

The process of counselling is to try to make sense of your experience and help you access the tools with which to live more fully and meaningfully.

Hanover Square Offices Ltd, 14 Hanover Square, London, Greater London, W1S 1HN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Online platforms

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Sally Osullivan
Sally Osullivan